I can't lie, I love the toddler stage. I would take a "spirited" 2-year-old toddler over a newborn any day. Toddlers can talk; toddlers can actually play with you; toddlers are learning all the time; toddlers can tell you they love you (and do); toddlers are just so much fun and I so enjoy learning more and more about the person my 2-year-old son is becoming, every day. Still, there are times when toddlers are the most disgusting beings on the planet, and those times can, well, "subtract" from all the positives that go along with caring for a tiny mini-human.
My son turned 2-years-old in August, and as a "new" 2-year-old he has mastered a few things: he can count to ten, he can name all the colors and, it turns out, he can sufficiently gross me out at a moment's notice. Everything from pooping in the tub to picking his nose to combining foods that should never be combined (then eating them) to sitting on the ground of arguably the most disgusting train station I have ever seen; my kid does "passionately disgusting" extremely well. I'd be proud and even a little impressed, if I wasn't the one usually tasked to clean up the aftermath. (A task that, honestly, should involve a hazmat suit but, you know, doesn't.)
So, in the name of solidarity and because I need a reason to laugh (otherwise I'm just going to start crying) here are all the ways toddlers can be (and usually are) the most disgusting human beings on the planet. Hand sanitizer, anyone?